Hello from Manga Planet! We are back with part two of our guide to Animate Girls Festival or AGF, Japan’s largest event celebrating anime, manga, otome games, BL, merchandise, voice actors, theater and cosplay!
In our last report, we introduced some booth at the Red and Green Areas at Animate Girls Festival 2019. Here we are going to share photos from the White and Yellow Areas, as well as activities outside the main venue.
How do I get to White Area?
From the Green Area, take the exit and take the flight of stairs going down to the third and second floors of Bunka Kaikan Bldg. Don’t worry! You will find signs like this to guide you which way to go if you find yourself lost in the throng of people!
This year’s White Area was occupied by 30 companies and titles, including popular titles IDOLiSH7, TSUKIUTA. and TSUKIPRO, I-Chu, and A3!, games such as Readyyy!, Senjuushi and Alice Closet, as well as upcoming titles ARGONAVIS, number24, Futsal Boys!!!!!. Companies such as Chugai Mining, Ichiban Kuji (BANDAI SPIRITS), Pierrot, movin★on, Otomate and TMS Entertainment were also there.
Finally, Yellow Area, here I go!
You’d think you’re done after going through three Areas of Animate Girls Festival, but wait until you get to the Yellow Area, which has the most number of booths! This year, 37 exhibitors were in the Yellow Area, including companies Cybird, Rejet, KADOKAWA, Pony Canyon, Seven Net Shopping, TEAM Entertainment, ufotable, Gift, Avex Pictures, DMM pictures & DMM music, Marine Entertainment to name a few. Titles such as Utano Princesama, B-PROJECT, WAVE!!, Meiji Tokyo Renka, Crimson Clan, DANKIRA!!! – Boys, be DANCING!, REALIVE! ~Teito Kagurabutai~, Bungo Stray Dogs and many more.
I’m done (for real!)
With the main venue at least! Animate Girls Festival offers a lot of activities fans can enjoy in different venues. You can watch stage events of different titles at the Fountain Square on the B1 floor of Sunshine City. At the stage events, the cast and/or staff go on stage and talk about the title. The stage events this year were by titles Onmyoji, Ikemen Genjiden, ARGONAVIS, I★CHU PROJECT, and number24 on Saturday, and Wind Boys!, K4 Company, Kaikan Phrase CLIMAX -NEXT GENERATION-, A3!, and GETUP! GETLIVE! on Sunday.
There are activities outside, too?
Tons of activities! If you head to East Ikebukuro Central Park, there are dozens of cosplayers joining in the festivities. Watch out for our article on the cosplay part of Animate Girls Festival on Friday!
There are also booths outside with their own gimmicks! Here are some photos of booths outside the main venue.
AGF2019 tied up with popular manga Genderless Danshi ni Aisareteimasu (My Androgynous Boyfriend) by manga artist Tamekou and held a special exhibit at the Animate Ikebukuro Flagship Store which was only available during the weekend of AGF. Watch out for our report in the coming days!
Activities were being held simultaneously around the Flagship Store as well.
If you love 2D boys and cats, AGF2019 also held a Nyanko Party (Cat Party) in WACCA Ikebukuro, a shopping mall a few blocks away from the Flagship store. AGF2019 collaborated with Neco Republic, a mobile cat cafe that works with local cat protection groups in searching for foster parents for the shelter cats while aiming to be “self-propelled” business by proposing a stylish and wonderful lifestyle.
That wraps up our guide (and photo report) for Animate Girls Festival 2019! We thank Animate again for letting us cover the event!
What do you think? Do you have your own AGF experience you’d like to share with us? Drop us a comment on our Twitter account!
About Animate Girls Festival 2019
Dates: November 9-10, 2019
Times: Main venue – 10:00-17:00 (16:30 last entry) *”Fast” ticket entrance: 9:00 onwards
Venue: Sunshine City (3-1-1 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo)
Official site: https://agf-ikebukuro.jp/
If you are interested in manga and anime events in Tokyo, be sure to read our articles on JUMP Festa 2019, DEVILMAN crybaby SABBATH SHIBUYA, Cheese!’s Ikebo x Shōjo Manga Genga-ten, Land of the Lustrous Exhibit at Yurakucho Marui, Kizu Natsuki at Manga10, Yoneda Kou’s Op: The Colourless Days of Yoake Itaru Book Fair@Shosen and Himouto Umaru-chan Exhibit.
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